• Past Imperfect

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Joan Collins
  • Narrated by: Joan Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (102 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The autobiography of internationally renowned actress Joan Collins, brought to you in audio by none other than the star herself.

Her role as Alexis Carrington Colby in Dynasty brought her to peak stardom, a role which might have been created for the tempestuous, strong-willed, and passionate woman that she is. As might be expected, in this memoir, she tells the truth; from her romantic adventures - sometimes desirable, sometimes disastrous - with some of the most famous and interesting men in the world, to the inside story of her fascinating and erratic acting career. Joan Collins candidly divulges her past imperfect in a book that is, like herself, outspoken, witty, daring, and full of life.

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“[T]his book, a sensation when it was published in England, is sheer heaven." (NY Times)

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Joan the great!

Whatever her age is she's amazing and performs her memoir so graciously and with such feeling and warmth it's like she's in the room. This book covers her early years through Dynasty's beginning and what a career she's had. It was originally published in the 80s so this is a wonderful time capsule. I got the sense that she's like the Forrest Gump of Hollywood from the 60s onwards - her path crossed with literally everyone who was a star in those decades. The stories from the early film sets are a scream. My favorite quote is probably "Show me a faultless person and I'll show you a dull one!" but it was hard to choose.

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Frozen in Time

This may have cause a sensation when it came out, but now it's like an unreleased album from a mid-tier pop artist from the 70s that was suddenly available, forever of its time and a curiosity in the present. The last of the chinchilla, diamonds, and affairs celebrities, Joan Collins could have achieved much more if she hadn't based her decisions and life to match ridiculous horoscope readings, which this book is littered with. To me, her greatest role was as Edith Keeler in the OST episode "City on the Edge of Forever." She really had something, but a life full of poor decisions with her career and men took her someplace else, and I'm glad she is happy with her life. What's really interesting is that the audiobook contains some slips where she re-reads certain phrases and then tries out a different cadence/emphasis. Flawed but fascinating.

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excellence, keeps you hanging on !

exceptional book. performance beyond superior! honest, brave and witty. five stars. beginning was a little slow, being its her childhood, but quickly speeds up into a great adventure. takes you to glamorous old Hollywood, with behind the scenes realness. riveting listen.

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Stops mid-Dynasty, just so you know

Dynasty: 1981-1989. And this reading by Ms Collins, which she does very well, considering it IS her life, ends mid-series.

If you are expecting post-Dynasty disclosures: NO! Ends in midst of Dynasty while still on air! Which was ... upsetting.

And the dear woman keeps warbling on and on about being a Gemini. Which, Joan, hello? That's just your Sun sign, dear! You have an Ascendant sign and a Moon sign, Very important! It's like trying to bt on a horse race where the horse looks great, but there are glaring omissions in the lack of a saddle and the lack of a jockey.

Moving on, however, up to the momentous inclusion of her vamp-devil- deva as Alexis (gleaned from a swift Google search, as I never watched the show, so sorry ...), Ms Collins led a life on the move. LIterally. At one point and with three children and a husband, 74 suitcases, London to Hollywood. Whew! Quite takes one breath away. And choosing sad, bad and occasionally married lover men. I applaud her insights into herself as one by one by one by one, she recounts her loves, her dalliances and her losses. She was waaaaaay ahead of her time in taking responsbility for being a stunning, smart and sexy woman and frankly owning her body and her choices. And mauled in the press for it, too, more''s the pity.

Above all, and as she makes considerable mention, she loved to act, she loved her job. When separated from 'camera, lights, action', not a happy camper. I wish more of her foreign films were available, although a few were appanrently fortunate not to make the trip across the pond: hey, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

In closing, two final comments. I deeply respect her love for her children and the childen of her third husband. She carried immense baggage from -- as she discovers later in life -- misunderstanding and missing out in better knowing her own mother and gave great love to her own children.

Anthony Newley. I mean .... that entire adventure of that marital relationship had me screaming back at the Audiobook, "You can never take anyone on as a fix-'er-upper project! Leave! Leave now!" I personally never liked his songs, his acting or his theatrical offerings, although many do ... and well done them.

Gorgeous, talented, artitistic, capricious, sentimental, courageous and committed. And no one looks better in red lipstick.

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Great

What a great book ... I loved listening to Joan's voice telling her incredible story.

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Authentic and Interesting

We all have some level of voyeur in us and an interest in the lives and professions of others that are far removed from our own.
This memoir gives an authentic glimpse into the workings and history of an industry that I know little of but have always been interested in knowing more about. I enjoyed hearing about some of the technical aspects of the industry from Ms. Collin’s perspective.
I’ve always respected the talent of so many great actors and always understood the difference between the actors as people and their performances. It was thoroughly enjoyable.

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A beautifully told, inspiring autobiography

Loved it!! Thank you, Joan, for narrating an inspiring look in to your life and thoughts!

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  • 05-01-22

Fantastic

I loved every moment. Joan expertly delivers her story with humility, sincerity, humor, and passion. I didn’t want it to end.

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Fun read of old Hollywood!

I loved the fact that I got to know so much about Joan Collins in her younger years because I only knew her beginning with Dynasty. The stories about old Hollywood royalty with all its style and glamour were interesting, fun and made me feel like I was an insider. She’s a tough lady and a great storyteller!

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A classic… With brilliant enduring power!

Does my rave above refer to her book, Past Imperfect, or to Dame Joan Collins herself?

The answer: Fabulously Both! ✨🎭💫

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  • Woody
  • 09-29-21

Brilliant

Narrated by Joan herself. Excellent biography of her life upto when she started her role as Alexis in Dynasty. I had read the autobiography years ago and was hoping this version would have been updated to include her later life. As this is now appearing as an audio book I actually thought there would be further chapters bringing us up to the present day. Past Imperfect 2 please Joan.

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  • Christopher John Morhen
  • 07-21-21

Interesting, captivating.

Joan Collins Autobiography interesting got a bit boring.
Overall it was good, never knew she had to cover her belly button.

Guess it was Risky. To show a real navel.?

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  • K. Faulkner
  • 11-23-21

Past imperfect by Joan Collins

Struggled to finish so I didn't. It was narrated as if telling a child a bed.time story so therefore would like to have a refund. Expected better from Joan

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  • J. James
  • 08-15-21

Very revealing.

Joan’s frankness in this book is the outstanding quality about it . It’s rare in a lot of autobiographies, where the writers mostly only reveal their better qualities! Some of her revelations may raise a few eyebrows , but they are
endearing too . She isn’t perfect, but then , as she says, who is ?
Her narration is bumpy, with sentences sometimes running into one another, but didn’t spoil it for me .
Hope there’s another volume, as this one finished in the 1980’s,with Dynasty ,and a lot has happened to her since then !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-22

really interesting and enjoyable

a real eye opener on how the stars of old Hollywood were treat, especially the women. Joan does an excellent job telling her story and I was enthralled listening to snippets of life back in the 50's 60's with James Dean, Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe.

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  • CATHERINE
  • 06-06-22

Everyone needs a Joan

Loved this book from start to finish. It’s well written, well read (it’s Joan reading it after all)and i felt as though Joan was reading it just for me. She has had a very interesting life.
I didn’t want it to end, and since it only goes up to the Dynasty years i’m on the look out for the sequel as my next listen.

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  • Maggie
  • 03-27-22

BUY IT YOU WON'T REGRET IT!

OMG I couldn't turn this off, Joan is so engaging and a highly UNDERATED ACTRESS in my opinion. She doesn't hold back but comes across as very honest, dignified and full of fun, she isn't afraid to say what she thinks but always measured and respectful.
The love for her children comes across strongly. Well written and narrated. Thankyou Joan.

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  • Ruth Dent
  • 02-07-22

Loved it!

This was an exceptional personal account by Joan Collins documenting her childhood, her youth, her early film roles, her marriages, her children right up to her first days on the Dynasty set. I loved Dynasty back in the day and loved Joan as Alexis! A role she was born to play! It was a brilliant audiobook which very thoughtfully presented her dreams of success, her loving family, sad and happy times. That Joan narrated it herself was the cherry on the cake!

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  • Paul B
  • 02-02-22

Wonderful Joan Collins

Wonderful to hear Joan Collins take you through her amazing life. Lots of amazing insights into her journey with honest candour and humour, shows no matter who you are, life has ups and downs, though fair to say we are all the better for having Joan Collins in this world!

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  • Bet
  • 01-18-22

Great read

I really enjoy hearing about Hollywood times back in the day. Alot of Big stars of the times mentioned. Lots of interesting stories throughout her life written & spoken like you are having a coffee & chat with a friend telling you past times & a bit of gossip thrown in. Thanks Joan, I enjoyed listening.

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  • leigh tuffery
  • 12-07-21

GREAT BOOK

couldnt put it down, Joan has lots affairs that dont work. Was Really good. Book

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  • book lover
  • 10-22-21

Really good autobiography

Joan narrates her life from birth to the first season of Dynasty. Warts and all, it's a fascinating look at Hollywood and the actors of her generation. Really enjoyable, I listened for two days straight. Please audible, record more of Joan's books.